PHILADELPHIA – Bob Arum realizes just how lucky Errol Spence Jr. is to have remained an able-bodied person, let alone a boxer.
The Hall-of-Fame promoter doesn’t know exactly how Spence’s injuries will impact the unbeaten welterweight champion’s eventual showdown with Terence Crawford, the undefeated 147-pound champ Arum promotes. For now, Arum thinks it’s more appropriate to appreciate that Spence is relatively healthy after experiencing such a horrific car accident October 10 in Dallas.
Arum discussed Spence’s situation with a group of reporters after Artur Beterbiev knocked out Oleksandr Gvozdyk in the 10th round of their light heavyweight title unification fight Friday night at Temple University’s Liacouras Center.
“I’m delighted for him,” Arum said. “You know, it’s a miracle that he escaped without serious injury. He’s a nice young man and I wish him well on his recovery.”
Arum wouldn’t speculate on the possibility of Spence eventually facing Crawford in what’s one of the most highly anticipated fights in boxing.
“Well, obviously, if Spence was hurt in a way it would take him long to recover, or he couldn’t recover, obviously the fight wouldn’t happen,” Arum said. “But, you know, that was the least of my concerns. My concern, like everybody else in boxing, was that Errol got well.”
Spence, 29, suffered facial lacerations and damage to his teeth as a result of a car accident that occurred at approximately 3 a.m. the morning of October 10 in downtown Dallas. Spence’s speeding Ferrari flipped over several times, according to Dallas police, and he was ejected from the vehicle.
Spence spent several days at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, but he has been released. Dallas police later charged Spence with driving while intoxicated based on his blood alcohol content level at the time of the crash.
Less than two weeks prior to his accident, Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) edged Shawn Porter on points in an action-packed, 12-round welterweight title unification fight. Spence dropped Porter in the 11th round and won on two scorecards (116-111, 116-111, 112-115) to retain his IBF 147-pound crown and capture the WBC belt from Porter (30-3-1, 17 KOs).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.